Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Project 4:4--Day Forty-Six

Day Forty-Six, Deuteronomy 1-4

In today's reading, Moses recaps all that the Israelites have been through over the past forty years. He reminds them of some of their times of grumbling and complaining that have led to their having to wander for forty years. However, he also reminds them that through it all, God has been with them and has provided for them.

He shares with them how desperate his desire was to be able to lead them into the promised land. But he was unable to because of his own mistake. In fact he begged God until God was tired of hearing about it from him.

In the same way that there was a consequence for Moses' action, he reminds the Israelites that after they go into the land promised them, there will be consequences for their actions. The strongest warning he repeats to them is about idolatry. He warns them repeatedly not to fall into the trap of worshiping the other gods of the people that they are to conquer.

Moses finishes this address, however, by reminding the people of who they are as God's chosen nation. He asks them to remember the signs and wonders they have seen, to acknowledge and take to heart that the Lord is God and there is no other. If they obey Him, it will go well with them in the land the Lord their God is giving them.

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